Chotto Xenos the Film

World Première: 11th June 2021, Birmingham International Dance Festival online

Inspired by Akram Khan’s award winning final full-length solo XENOS, Akram Khan Company’s family production Chotto Xenos has been captured as an exclusive dance film. Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites Sue Buckmaster, in collaboration with video artist Maxime Dos, directed this special film to immerse young audiences in a cinematic journey exploring the often forgotten and untold stories of World War 1 colonial soldiers. With a powerful performance of Khan’s choreography by Kennedy Junior Muntanga, the film features lighting by Guy Hoare, visuals by Lucy Cash, set design by Ingrid Hu, costumes by Kimie Nakano, to a stirring original music by Domenico Angarano.



Artistic Direction Sue Buckmaster & Maxime Dos
Filmed and edited by Maxime Dos

Rehearsal Director Amy Butler
Dancer Kennedy Junior Muntanga

Producers Isabel Tamen & Céline Gaubert 
Technical Manager Tina Fagan
Production Manager Richard Fagan
Project Manager Mashitah Omar
Sound Engineer Matthew Armstrong
Lighting Technicians Lars Davidson & David Salter
Stage Manager Jessica Rice
Technician Ryan Dell

Co-produced by Birmingham International Dance Festival and Edinburgh International Festival

Filmed at and supported by artsdepot, London


Creative team

XENOS Artistic Direction and Original Choreography Akram Khan
Chotto Xenos Direction and Adaptation
Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites)

Set Design Ingrid Hu
Lighting Design Guy Hoare
Original Music Domenico Angarano, inspired by Vincenzo Lamagna’s score for XENOS
Sound Design Domenico Angarano & Phil Wood
Costume Design Kimie Nakano
Film & Projection Design Lucy Cash
Assistant Choreographer Nicola Monaco

Producer Clare Cody-Richardson
Digital animation & motion graphics Laurie Hill

Props made by Louise Edge from LFX props & special fx
Puppets made by Naomi Oppenheim
Music recorded with Stefano Ancora, Domenico Angarano, James Browne, Nina Harries, Joost Hendrickx, Matt Holborn, Arran Kent, Stefan Knapik, Vincenzo Lamagna, Andrew Maddick, B C Manjunath, Tamar Osborn, Aditya Prakash, Clarice Rarity, Ciro Riccardi

In order of their first appearance, the archive images used in the Chotto Xenos projection are copyright of: National Portrait Gallery, London (image 3), ECPAD/collection Mick Micheyl – Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud / Photographe: Jean-Baptiste TOURNASSOUD (images 4, 5 & 6), MOREAU Albert/ECPAD/Défense (image 8), CORDIER/ECPAD/ Défense (image 9), IWM (images 12 & 31). All other images are out of copyright.

We gratefully acknowledge the artists, collaborators and co-producers who contributed to the original production of XENOS by Akram Khan Company.

Co-produced by DanceEast Ipswich, The Point Eastleigh, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris

Created with the support of Capital Group

Chotto Xenos and XENOS are both commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, and the Department for Digital,Culture, Media and Sport

Supported by Arts Council England

Chotto Xenos the Film | Official Trailer

By Maxime Dos

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